September 17th, 2016 | Category: News

  Posted on September 16, 2016 by csoundar   Frané Lessac with Janetta Otter-Barry at Edinburgh Book Festival just before she was commissioned. Pattan’s Pumpkin was published in the UK, Australia and NZ on 1st September 2016. It was conceived as a book in 2013. The book waited over two years for the perfect illustrator….

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Welcome to Pattan’s Pumpkin Blog Tour | Indian born British Author of Children’s Books

September 2nd, 2016 | Category: News

Today we are celebrating the publication day for Pattan’s Pumpkin! A journey that took three years and nine months. I’m proud to be an author in the stables of Otter-Barry Books and in partnership … Source: Welcome to Pattan’s Pumpkin Blog Tour | Indian born British Author of Children’s Books

On the Road to Dampier

August 13th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

On the road to Dampier for more of Rio Tinto’s Groundbreakers Exhibition – 50 years in the Pilbara! Brought along my special sneakers hand painted by Samantha Hughes. She managed to paint 18 books of mine on the sides, back and front. As you can imagine, the kids love them! Nearby is the Murujuga National Park, which has…

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July 27th, 2016 | Category: News

Excellent time of year for the rugged landscape of the Pilbara! Dianne Wolfer and myself are tag-teaming for Rio Tinto’s incredible story put together in an exhibition called The Groundbreaker Trail. Schools, grey nomads, locals and the occasional cockatoo are flocking to attend. Through a partnership with Better Beginnings,  global mining company Rio Tinto established the WA Future Fund to identify and support…

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Look What We Grew!

July 8th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Pattan’s Pumpkin– vine ripened, ready for harvest this September with Otter Barry Books UK and Walker Books Australia. In the USA, Candlewick Press September 2017. Pattan’s Pumpkin is an exciting,vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India, written by Chitra Soundar, an Indian-born British writer, based in London. Pattan has an amazing pumpkin…it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants,…

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A is for Australia Wins a Crystal Kite Award

June 4th, 2016 | Category: News

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is excited to announce the winners of the 2016 Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards. Frané Lessac’s A is for Australia (Walker Books) and Peter Carnavas’ Blue Whale Blues (New Frontier) have jointly-won the Australian and New Zealand division of this year’s Crystal Kite Member Choice Awards, presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and…

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A for Australia Book Launch

January 21st, 2016 | Category: News

Fiiiinally got around to “properly” launching *A is for Australia* just a weeeee bit later then planned.  Delicious cake by Lyne Greenwood, icing by Edible Image Printing and photos by Holly Dangen. Thanks SCBWI Australia West for organising a brilliant line-up children’s authors and illustrators for  *Books From Your Backyard” –  at the State Library of…

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Candlewick Interview:

January 7th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Author Mark Greenwood and illustrator Frane Lessac answer our five questions (plus one) about their lives, careers and their book Midnight: A True Story of Loyalty in World War I. About the book: Midnight A True Story of Loyalty in World War I author: Mark Greenwood illustrator: Frané Lessac

Riding the Vapour Trail of 2015

December 31st, 2015 | Category: News

This was the year to hold a newly hatched baby sea turtle. The year for my Dad to hear stories. The year to walk the Great Wall of China. The year to sit in my 1st grade classroom seat again. The year A is for Australia was released. The year to see a giant prawn. The year to tour Kentucky, Broome, Darwin, Melbourne, New…

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Fast Plane to China

April 3rd, 2015 | Category: News

Recently, I took a fast plane (rather than a slow boat) to China to present at the Bookworm Literature Festival that took place in three cities: Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. Over ten days I mingled with legendary authors, visited local schools, stayed in mind-blowing hotels, and ate Chinese delicacies chosen by pointing at menus with colorful pictures. Sometimes…

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